Fecal Transplantation

For more than a century treating patients with beneficial bacteria and probiotics have had only limited success. The problem may lie in our ignorance of precisely knowing how these micro-organisms in our bodies affect our health. A better understanding of these microbes might give the medical profession a new way to fight some of the diseases.

C,difficile is increasingly common and often hard to treat with antibiotics. Once infected, it is difficult to get rid of it, resulting in copious and sometimes frequent diarrhea and occasionally a more serious and painful condition called colitis (inflammation of the colon).

Scientists are continuously amazed by the diversity, power and sheer number of microbes thet live in our bodies and are working to unravel the complexity known as the human micro-biome project. The human body contains trillions of bacteria cells.

This vast, largely unexplored bacterial community known as the microbiome has been linked to many aspects of human health, from gastrointestinal diseases to obesity.

Fecal transplantation (or bacteriotherapy) is the transfer of stool from a healthy donor into the gastrointestinal tract for the purpose of treating recurrent C. difficile colitis.

This unusual treatment has a definite ehhww factor. First the donor feces are stripped of larger particles and then blended with a saline solution. The resulting mixture is transferred to the recipient via an enema – or even through a tube inserted into the mouth or nose.

Stool is a complex living mixture of bacteria and other organisms and repopulating the patient’s microbiome with diverse microorganisms can be of great benefit.